Recap provided by: Mike Engh
Bringing together over 500 students from 11 countries, National Model UN’s fall conference took place in the heart of Washington, DC, on October 26-28. Even as the weather turned stormy due to Hurricane Sandy, delegates worked with cooperation and creativity to create resolutions in six committees. The event was co-sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association and the Osgood Center of International Studies.
NMUN-DC offered delegates a unique opportunity to visit the US Department of State for the conference’s opening ceremony. Tara Sonenshine, the Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy at the US Department of State, provided the opening address for the conference. The delegates in each committee received topic briefings from experts in peacekeeping, nonproliferation, and human rights. The closing ceremony speaker, Lyric Thompson of the International Center for Research on Women, encouraged the delegates to use their work at the conference as a springboard for real world change. (The full transcript of the Closing Ceremony speech is available on the conference website at http://www.nmun.org/nmun_dc.html)
NMUN focuses on cooperation among delegates and encourages noncompetitive diplomacy and collaboration in the true spirit of the United Nations, but recognized several schools for their great work in committee and/or position papers. The delegations that received top delegation awards included California State University-Northridge, University of California Riverside, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Rock Valley College, Hunter College, and Irvine Valley College. For a complete list of award winners as well as additional information about the conference, you can visit the conference webpage at http://www.nmun.org/nmun_dc.html.
All photos credit to Anne Deming of the Osgood Center for International Studies.